One online correspondent reported that


'John Coates went into overdrive. He gave Federal Sports minister Kate Ellis a couple of public blasts; he was on every media medium that would give him a voice; and now, he may have precipitated a court case about the material contained in the contributing papers that the Crawford Report relied upon for factual information.'


He loves court cases our John. He's a lawyer.


A spray of long-winded letters from London to newspapers and anyone who was on his email list didn't do his cause any good; just made him a laughing stock. You can read it for yourself on this link.

The Crawford Report agrees with what Bunkum has been saying these past few years. The focus on Olympic medals is awry, aiding minor and obscure sports, prizing individual sports above team sports and potentially punishing the popular sports that Australians most love to play and watch. It's perverted the course of sport in this country. Participation rates in the country have never been lower. Weeds are springing up in netball and tennis courts all over the place. In effect, it's bunkum.


In the past millions of kids played sport and a few excelled. Now a few excel and millions of kids sit on their bums, twiddling their thumbs on Play Station terminals.


Every since 1976, the Australian Institute of Sport has been pouring money willy nilly down the Olympic black hole, funding sport for the few, instead of sport for all. It's taken  someone over 30 years to point out that this is bunkum.


For a significant proportion of that time Coates was on the Board of first the Australian Institute of Sport (1985) and then Deputy Chairman (1986-1989), and then the Board of its successor, the Australian Sports Commission (1987-1989) and then Deputy Chairman (1989-1998).


During that time the AIS/ASC was acting like a branch office of the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Australian Olympic Committee. While John Coates wears the Australian coat of arms on his blazer, the Sports Commission wears the Olympic logo on the front of its office. It's been a very cosy relationship that hasn't done sport-for-all and sport-for-getting-fitter-and-healthier much good.


By implication, the Sports Commission does not come out of the Crawford Report unscathed. It's given lip service to a large slab of its charter, the promotion of sports participation.


In large measure it was founded on a policy designed to emulate the sporting policy of countries where they blow air up swimmers bums to make the float better, places where you can't get a decent pie or even a tomato sandwich.